Franklin Area High School - Franklin, PA
Complete results from Joe Dombrowski
After a two year absence, IWC returned
to Franklin High School in Franklin, Pa for its third
star-studded tribute to the best stars of the past, present, and
Antonio "The Promise" Thomas def. Vendetta
in a pre-show match
IWC Super Indy Champion "Balls Hot" Troy Lords def. Nobutaka Moribe in
a pre-show match
The Patriot def. King Kaluha in a pre-show match
Dennis Gregory def. HENTAI
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart def. Salvatore Sincere
The Hollywood Balds ("DeeeeLicious" Jimmy DeMarco & Vendetta) def. Michael "The
Bomber" Facade & Dean Radford
Dominic DeNucci def. Larry Zbyszko
IWC Tag Team Champions The Gambino Brothers Moving Company (Mickey & Marshall
Gambino) def. Sexual Harassment (Justin Idol & Eric Xtasy), BabyFace Fire (Jason
Gory & Shiima Xion), & The Cleveland Mafia (J-Rocc & Raymond Rowe)
IWC World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Reyes def. "Sweet N Sour" Larry Sweeney
Sterling James Keenan def. "Fabulous" John McChesney on SJK's Road to the Title
Abyss def. "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles
Tito Santana & Ivan Putski def. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine & "Sweet N Sour"
The night started in classy fashion with all of our legends
inside the ring, the IWC roster in full outside the ring, all to
pay tribute to one man… Former two time World champion and
wrestling’s true Living Legend Bruno Sammartino. Bruno was
presented with a special plaque as well as the key to the city
courtesy of the esteemed mayor of Franklin himself. Bruno
addressed the crowd, and the athletes surrounding him in a
perfect way to start off a truly memorable night.
In the main event, it was a revival of one of the hottest
rivalries to ever surround the then-WWF Intercontinental Title
as Greg “The Hammer” Valentine battled Tito Santana in a battle
of two Hall of Famers. Surprisingly, Valentine felt the need for
back-up, enlisting in the services of Larry Sweeney for aid, but
Santana had an answer in the form of “Polish Power” Ivan Putski,
yet another Hall of Famer. When Sweeney attempted to involve
himself in the action, he was on the receiving end of a brutal
Polish Hammer, and it was Putski who pinned Sweeney to close out
the evening in style.
Sweeney’s night was not much better when it came to him
challenging IWC Champion Ricky Reyes. Based on his nose injury
from the night before, Reyes knew he had to end the match
quickly or else his breathing and equilibrium would become very
hindered as the match went on. Reyes struck quickly and
suddenly, and was able to successfully defeat Sweeney with a
very Sammartino-like bearhug.
Tag team champions Mickey & Marshall Gambino successfully
retained the IWC Tag Team Titles in yet another unforgettable
four-way match involving top contenders Babyface Fire, Sexual
Harassment, and The Cleveland Mafia. It was a battle that
certainly stole the show in Franklin, but was not without
consequence, as Marshall “The Bull” Gambino required assistance
to the back following the match due to an apparent knee/leg
injury. IWCWrestling.com will have further updates on the injury
when they become available.
IWC Super Indy Champion Troy Lords was able to successfully
defend the title against Nobutaka Moribe in Moribe’s final
appearance here in the International Wrestling Cartel before
returning home to Japan. Moribe left amidst a huge ovation of
respect from fans and peers alike, and all of us here in the IWC
wish Moribe the best on his return home.
Sterling James Keenan’s road to a title shot continued on this
night as well, with SJK defeating the toughest opponent of his
Super Indy Title reign from 2005, “Fabulous” John McChesney. SJK
used an elevated backcracker to nearly bend McChesney’s spine in
half, before scoring the pinfall. Much like the night before,
McChesney expressed frustration but thankfully was able to keep
his temper under control tonight.
Dennis Gregory was able to avenge the screw job perpetrated on
him the night before at the hands of HENTAI, defeating him
tonight. HENTAI attempted to use a steel chain, however Gregory
was able to foil the plans before the chain was ever used.
“The Monster” Abyss was victorious over “The Phenomenal” AJ
Styles, in a match much different from their past encounters.
The more humanistic Abyss was able to polish off the cockier
Styles with the Black Hole Slam.
The 27 year rivalry between Bruno Sammartino and Larry Zbyszko
over who the true “Living Legend” is continued tonight as
Bruno’s representative Dominic Denucci pinned Zbyszko, despite
the involvement of Zbyszko’s partner-in-crime Lord Zoltan.
Denucci and Sammartino celebrated as an enraged and embarrassed
Zbyszko floored Zoltan and fled the scene.
The Hollywood Balds were able to squeak out a victory over the
newly-formed team of Dean Radford & Michael Façade. Vendetta had
dropped Façade with the Rock Bottom, when Radford hit Vendetta
with the Radicator. DeMarco snuck in, placed an unconscious
Vendetta on top of Façade for the win.
Legendary former tag champion Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart made
short work of both Salvatore Sincere, as well as King Kaluha at
ringside, as the Anvil forced Sal to submit to the Camel Clutch.
Meanwhile, King Kaluha fared no better, losing in embarrassing
and revealing fashion to The Patriot.
Chris Maverick’s new tag team, The Heartbreakers, saw their
first official IWC action at least in a way, as “The Promise”
Antonio Thomas took on one-half of the Hollywood Balds,
Vendetta. The blatant interference of both Maverick, as well as
Romeo Roselli, was simply too much for even someone as devious
as Jimmy DeMarco to fight off, as The Heartbreakers make their
first IWC appearances successful ones.